In which John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law's effectiveness and repercussions. I also look at health care in the United States more generally, and the limited scope of the Affordable Care Act relative to the size of the overall health care system in the U.S.

I got a ton of help from Aaron Carroll, who hosts the great Health Care Triage https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage, but any errors are my fault and mine alone.

SOURCES:
More than 17% of US GDP goes to health care expenses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States
The U.S. spends way more on health care than any other country: http://www-tc.pbs.org/prod-media/newshour/photos/2012/10/02/US_spends_much_more_on_health_than_what_might_be_expected_1_slideshow.jpg
And yet our healthcare outcomes are not generally better (and are in many cases worse): http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror
44 (or maybe 46) million Americans were uninsured in 2009: http://www.pbs.org/healthcarecrisis/uninsured.html
This NYT article assessing the ACA is excellent: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/27/us/is-the-affordable-care-act-working.html#/
Understanding pre-existing condition exclusions: http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/health-insurance-market-reforms-pre-existing-condition/
Medical debt is the biggest cause of U.S. bankruptcy: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148
Employer-based insurance distorts the labor market in the United States: https://www.bostonfed.org/economic/conf/conf50/conf50e.pdf
Both the access and the cost savings parts of the Affordable Care Act are discussed really well at this wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act
We are nowhere close to a path to health care spending stability: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/45471
But the uninsurance rate has dropped dramatically: http://www.gallup.com/poll/180425/uninsured-rate-sinks.aspx
And more than 12 million people have gotten insurance through the health care exchanges set up by Obamacare: http://acasignups.net/
The rollout of healthcare.gov was a disaster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HealthCare.gov
Insurance premiums rising more slowly than before exchanges: http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/analysis-of-2015-premium-changes-in-the-affordable-care-acts-health-insurance-marketplaces/
More insurance companies are participating in the exchanges this year than last year: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-states-to-get-more-insurers-under-affordable-care-act-1411495473
The law is costing less than expected: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/us/politics/budget-office-again-reduces-its-estimate-on-cost-of-the-affordable-care-act.html
Is the law actually improving health? It seems so at least for young adults and also for colonscopy screening rates, but much is still unknown: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/27/us/is-the-affordable-care-act-working.html#/
Many are still uninsured and underinsurance is a huge problem: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/upshot/underinsurance-remains-big-problem-under-obama-health-law.html
(Don't get mad at me for linking a lot to the New York Times; they do way more data analysis and reporting on this stuff than anyone else I've come across)
Britons live longer and healthier lives than Americans despite being pretty similar lifestyle-wise: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK62373/
Our health care spending will sink us in the long-run, but if anything the situation was worse before the ACA: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/45471

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Paper Towns Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFGiHm5WMLk

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In which Hank talks about the weirdness of individuality in the internet age where the crowd is distributed and often alone...acting individually and making individual decisions, but being understood as some massive, unthinking herd. And how he thinks that the lack of proper conception of how crowds actually function could be cured by more nerds going to concerts.

It's ne thing to sacrifice your individuality, which is what I think we all do to some extent when we become part of something. It's quite another thing to have it taken from you because it makes the internet easier to understand.

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What Are Paper Towns?

by on March 17, 2015

In which John discusses paper towns, paper streets, mountweazels, and other fictitious entries. Why do encyclopedia editors and lexicographers and cartographers occasionally make things up on purpose? And do these fictional nonfictions say anything about the relationship between the imagined and the real?

IN OTHER NEWS: The Paper Towns movie trailer will debut on The Today Show on Thursday morning!

ALSO: Check out Hold Me Closer, David Levithan's new book!

AND: If you support crash course or SciShow through subbable, head over to http://subbable.com to move your subscription to Patreon, which is like Subbable only better.


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Screaming Into Pillows

by on March 13, 2015

Crash Course Kids: http://www.youtube.com/crashcoursekids Ages 7 - 11
SciShow Kids: http://www.youtube.com/scishowkids Ages 5 - 8

In which Hank discusses the weird required secrecy of business and how frustrating it is to be feeling things but not be able to discuss them.

Whether it's excitement or anger or frustration, I'm just not used to not being able to talk about it. I would like to find ways to avoid this, because I think business is fascinating and I want to share it with everyone. But at the moment, I can't.

Thanks to Izzy for the title inspiration.

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Paper Towns movie: JULY 24th. Paper Towns trailer: SOONISH.

In which John finds himself, in a stunning turn of events, in an airport, where he shares some travel tips and also discusses the movie adaptation of his book Paper Towns, the maybe possible adaptation of Looking for Alaska, and cookie monster.

TeenVogue and Fox are hosting a Paper Towns event in NY and there are 200 tickets available. More information here if you're interested: http://www.teenvogue.com/entertainment/movies/2015-03/paper-towns-movie-experience-contest-new-york-city/?mbid=social_twitter

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Winning in politics is often bizarre, drawn out, incremental, and ultimately a surprise. As such, winning often doesn't feel that good. But I think it's very important to take a bit of time when it happens to enjoy it.

And also to recognize that the win would not have happened without the people who worked hard to lobby and bug their congresspeople and force a decision down the throat of a bunch of unhappy corporations. So thank you so much to everyone who campaigned to keep the internet neutral.

Watch Games With Hank here: http://www.youtube.com/gameswithhank

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In which John explores the childhood memorabilia he chose to keep, attempting to deconstruct memories as Hank recently deconstructed an adding machine. Also, John learns that his parents found him "ugly" and "so purple" as a child.

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In Which Hank is the Nerdiest Nerd

by on February 27, 2015

The International Competition for Nerdiest Nerd, Hank has been declared the winner. In this video, we take apart an RC Allen 805 mechanical adding machine and try to figure out how it works. We're mostly unsuccessful, but it's so PRETTY!

Here's the Numberphile video on the Enigma Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2_Q9FoD-oQ

Here's where Hank and Katherine and John are playing mario games:
http://www.youtube.com/gameswithhank

And here's an amazing channel on how various mechanical computers work: https://www.youtube.com/user/MechanicalComputing/videos

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Who I Was in High School

by on February 24, 2015

In which John discovers his surprising report cards from his junior year of high school, as well as the best fan mail ever.

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I went to New York City to talk to a bunch of press people about science education and the need for more graduates with STEM degrees. It was part of a campaign I'm doing with Emerson, an engineering company that helps make the world work.

LINKS
Tour Because Awesome Tickets:
http://tourbecauseawesome.tumblr.com/
http://twitter.com/tourbecauseawsm

Learn More:
http://emerson.com/ilovestem

Me on CBSN
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/vlogbrother-hank-green-shows-why-science-is-so-exciting/

Me and Kathy on Forbes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv1H3bcPUnA


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